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Dec 27, 2012 5:30pm PST
boehner, accusing him of running a dictatorship in the house. >> speaker boehner is not willing to negotiate. we have not heard a word from leader mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell, the top republican in the senate, said it's reid who hasn't reached out for weeks. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: but talking about what? so far, reid has not introduced the scaled-down bill he was reportedly working on over the christmas holiday. sources say that bill would extend the bush-era tax cuts for americans making less than $250,000 a year. with the clock ticking, reid pointed a finger at the house of representatives, which still hasn't returned to washington. >> i can't imagine their consciences. they're out wherever they are around the country, and we're here trying to get something done. >> reporter: from his home in ohio, speaker boehner called on the house to come back this sunday, december 30. that's just one day before the fiscal cliff deadline when income tax c
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 12:00pm PST
and maneuvering in congress. good afternoon. >> reporter: good afternoon, frank and house speaker john boehner did not say that he was for this deal but he didn't say he was against it, either. and right now, he is trying to take the temperature of his fellow republicans in the house to see if this deal is ready for a vote. house speaker john boehner is promising a quick vote on the "fiscal cliff" bill passed early this morning in the senate or an amended alternative. boehner has not endorsed the agreement which may face opposition from conservative lawmakers in the house. vice president joe biden negotiated the deal with senate republicans over the weekend. the agreement makes bush-era tax cuts permanent for individuals making under $400,000 a year and families making under $450,000. it also postpones harsh across- the-board spending cuts for a few months. >> this shouldn't be the model for how we do things around here, but i think we can say we've done some good for the country. >> middle class families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes won't go up $2,200 each. >> reporter: pr
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 8:30am PST
% of deficit reduction in the sim son-bowles came from additional revenue, 40%. when we said to speaker boehner you have to come up with revenue, he said i'll come up with a plan that protects those making less than $1 million. he couldn't silent republican caucus. the only way we deal with this cries and the deficit is on a bipartisan basis. this can't be done exclusively democratic senate, exclusively republican in the house. it will never work. >> o'donnell: both of you are also part of the gang of eight air, group of senator senators that many people look at and say these are the grown-ups in the youth senate in terms of looking at real ways to reduce deficit. but with all due respect, why haven't you ever put pen to paper and put anything forward and rally people around your proposal? >> we put to paper many times and we have ideas that we think could be parent of the ultimate answer here in terms of deficit reduction. none of it is easy. i don't want to mislead you. it's not easy. we float some of the concepts and some of the ideas and they've had some tractions. want premise is, if we're
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 11:00pm PST
the floor. each side accused the other of stalling. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we've not heard a word from mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year. and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's no. 1 goal is to get elected speaker on january 3. >> reporter: the two sides are at odds over tax cuts and spending. republicans say it's up to the democratically controlled senate and white house to reach an agreement. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: members of the house were told to come back to washington sunday evening. they would have a little more than 24 hours to vote on a measure to avoid the fiscal cliff. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> teetering on the fiscal cliff is given
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
deal can be reached. boehner is expected to attend the white house meeting but he's made it very clear. the next move is up to the senate. tara mergener has more. >> good morning, duarte. both sides say they are eager to talk and ready to strike a deal. the fiscal cliff is still a few days away, but business owner don carlino says he's already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back, they're apprehensive. they're not committing to projects. they're waiting to see what happens with the fiscal cliff. >> hope is fact if congress can get it done before january 1st. even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell, and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a fiscal cliff summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chamber of com
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
and nancy pelosi leading republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. no deal can be reached in past without their cooperation. with the meeting comes a glimmer of hope. in the past all the ifisical cliff talks meetings like this have been the least productive of all. whether he meant to or not the senate majority leader may have spoken for a nation exhausted by seemingly endless fiscal cliff negotiations. >> what's going on here? >> reporter: what indeed. president obama returned to the white house in a grim mood. he met with no congressional leaders and said nothing about his efforts to avert the fiscal cliff, talks continue between senior white house and congressional staff, but that's been true throughout this entire saga. with the deadline looming there were dire predictions. >> come the first of this year americans will have less income than they have today. >> reporter: and recriminations. >> now republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. >> reporter: the senate's top dem
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm PST
obama, john boehner, nancy pelosi and harry reid, many mitch -- mitch mcconnell all in one room. danielle nottingham tells us it maybe the last chance to get any kind of agreement to avoid that fiscal cliff. >> reporter: president obama is meeting today at the white house with top congressional democrats harry reid and nancy pelosi and leading republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. it's the president's first meeting with congressional leaders since november 16th. the closed door discussions are an attempt to reach a last minute agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases due to kick in january 1st. >> probably the worst case scenario will come out of this meeting today and that is we will kick the can down the road. >> reporter: senator bob courter told cbs this morning he predicts the meeting will bring only a temporary solution. >> this afternoon's meeting feels much to me like optics to make it look like we're doing something. let me just say one more time this is a total dereliction of duty at every level. >> reporter: going over the cliff would af
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 7:30am PST
to the house. house speaker john boehner was at the capitol but left with no comment. the democrats insist the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for l days. americans deserve to know what does the president propose we do for the over 357 days of the year. sdmrsz -- >> president omaba insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just afford a wound to our economy. >> if sunday's negotiations don't pan out the president says he's red to -- he's ready to propose his own scaled back bill that would preserve expiring unemployment benefits. >> with the deficit ticking higher -- >> it's disgusting. >> miss ing in all the last minute negotiations is talk of the 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts scheduled to go into effect tuesday. >> the fiscal cliff count down is the big topic on this morning's fogs the morning -- face the nation. there's two big visitors. it starts right after this newscast at 8:30 on cbs 5. >>> plastic shopping bags may soon be the fast. >> the final 2 days for those ba
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: house members will return to capitol hill on sunday and could begin voting that night. they would have about 24 hours to approve a deal. adding to the urgency, treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the nation's debt limit will be reached
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 5:00am PST
pelosi, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner. they have only four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go off the so- called "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic spending increases and cuts would take effect. reaching a deal won't be easy because both sides are involved in a high stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at wah he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democrats want to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 or more a year. many republicans are against any tax increases. most americans just want something to be done. >> people are just tired of partisanship and they want everyone to come together. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't r
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 6:00am PST
, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. now, the house reconvenes at midday but lawmakers say, frank, they plan to study this bill hard before they take a vote. they say the senate has had months to get a bill passed and they are not going to rush to get anything done. >> there is word, tara, that some republican lawmakers are upset about something the president said. could that effect support of the bill? >> reporter: it might. president obama chastised in his speech congress for taking too long to get the deal done. but he also threw something out at republicans saying if they think that spending cuts is the only thing that's going to reduce the deficit, they have another thing coming and that basically references the $16.5 trillion in debt which is the next issue on the table. a lot of republicans were offended and it could antagonize enough of them to jeopardize an "up" vote on this bill to get it done. >> they are making progress. that's a good sign in the new year. we see what the house say
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm PST
on sunday, then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was also at the capitol but left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrats' insistence that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know, what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year? >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair. and it includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: if sunday's negotiations don't pan out, the president says he's ready to propose his own scaled-back tax bill that would block tax increases for all but the wealthy and preserve expiring unemployment benefits. >> for those of us who invest in the stock market, it's disgusting to watch them jockey around with our money. >> reporter: missing in all the last-minute negotiations is talk of the $1.2 trillion of mandatory spending cuts scheduled to go into effect tuesday. cbs news, washington. >> if the
CBS
Jan 2, 2013 7:00am PST
that was done by my extraordinary vice president, joe biden, as well as leader harry reid speaker boehner, nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell. >> reporter: but many house republicans were angry that this deal worked out by the white house and the senate did not include serious spending cuts. >> i'm unwilling to gag down a deal, a bill they've sent over here that's unacceptable. >> reporter: in the end they did not have the votes to change it and everyone acknowledged that this deal sets the stage for a big showdown over spending with a vote to raise the debt ceiling coming sometime in the next two months. >> the problem is we set up three more fiscal cliffs. >> reporter: one thing this bill doesn't address is the sequester, those across-the-board indiscriminate spending cuts to both defense and non-defense agencies. the bill just pushes off those cuts for two months so you're going to see congress and the white house fighting right away about how to replace the sequester with more sensible cuts once and for all. >> nancy cordes thanks nancy. >>> shortly after the house
CBS
Jan 2, 2013 12:00pm PST
federal aid. that is unless house speaker john boehner calls congress back into session this afternoon. the house wrapped up its session late last night after passing the "fiscal cliff" version bill but before agreeing to the $60 billion measure that would provide help for victims of the hurricane. failure to vote on the plan outraged democrats and even some republicans. >> it's simply unconscionable that this chamber would walk away from a region desperate for assistance in its greatest hour of need. >> when your people are literally freezing in the winter and they are without food and shelt and clothing and my own part refuses to help them, then why should i help the republican party? i will stand on the values and republicans millions that are true republican principles but turning your back on people who are starving and freezing is in the a republican value. >> we pray for them. how much prayer would to take for this congress to find it in their hearts and in their heads to do the right thing? >> if a vote on the pagac doesn't vote before the congress starts tomorrow, they will ha
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
. >> sidelined for now. house speaker john boehner. as they left they sounded like they were closing in on a compromise. >> think it was a very positive meeting. there was not a lot of hilarity in the meeting. everyone knows how important it is. >> we'll be working hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours, and so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> the president said the american public is getting frustrated and losing patience with these last-minute negotiations. he says the least congress can do is protect most american tax pairs from rising tax rates due to take effect in the next couple of days. the least, it appears, rebecca, appears to be the most they can do. >> thank you. we'll check back later in the program. for more on how we got into this situation and what happens if nothing happens. michael santoly, it's great to have both of you with us. where does this stand right now? >> right now they're negotiating and things are being worked out behind closed doors by the top leaders in the house and senate and the white house, but particu
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: under senate rules the only way a bill could make its way through the procedure hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to slow the progress. the house will be back here sunday night giving them just more than 24 hours to vote on any bill the senate works out. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everybody's kind of in a wait-and-see and fingers crossed perspective right now. >> reporter: since 1930, this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >>> today's meeting will be the first time president obama and all four leaders of the house and senate have met in person since no
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 5:00am PST
. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. and the house reconvenes by midday today. a vote could also come today. >> tara, a lot of republicans weren't happy with the president's speech yesterday. is there any indication that that could affect the vote in the house? >> well, president obama during that speech criticized congress for taking too long to come up with this deal. he also laid the groundwork for another problem that's coming and that's basically burrough -- upping the country's burrough limit. republicans will no doubt try to use upping that in ex-kang for spending cuts. and to which the president said, they have another thing coming if they think that's going to be the case. spending cuts alone are not going to be able to reduce the country's deficit. so we have that coming. senator john mccain said basically that's going to antagonize a lot of the house members and possibly jeopardize the vote. >> a lot of negotiations still need to be done. all right, tara mergener live in washington for us, thank you. >>> what a night! the weather coo
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 5:30pm PST
speaker john boehner would allow a vote on this plan on the house floor, knowing that so many house republicans oppose o. jim. t nancy cordes with the president in hawaii. thank you. farmers will also feel the impact if lawmakers fail to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff. bimultibillion-dollar aid bill may be a casualty of the casuemate. the ripple effects would be felt far from the fields. we asked anna warner to look into that. >> reporter: eagle lake, texas, depends on rice. it's been grown here since the 1800s. drought is usually the biggest threat, but the nervous talk in the drugstore now is about congress. >> without the farm bill, it really makes it uncertain for ehat you should do next year. >> reporter: steve is a pharmacist here and a rice farmer. the people are nervous. >> very nervous. wh reporter: what are they saying when they're coming in? what are you hearing? >> "what do we do?" you know, they don't know what to do. ht's so uncertain right now that the banks don't know what to do. the farmers don't know what it do. they're out there plowing the land, getting it all
CBS
Dec 26, 2012 4:00am PST
to doctors. house speaker john boehner said they've had no communication with senator reid. >>> the exconwho ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york may have murdered his sister. her body was found yesterday, and police say william spamglor had the same kind of military rifle used in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and "do what i like doing best, killing people." the 62-year-old shot at firefighters from a nearby bank. he killed two of them before taking his own life. police found his note and three guns, including a bushmaster rifle, similar to the weapon used m connecticut school shooting. >> he is a convicted felon. he had murdered his grandmother in 1980. he bludgeoned her to death with a hammer. >> reporter: he served 17 years in prison, and after being released moved in with his sisters. investigators found the body in the charred rubb
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am PST
a proposal from speaker john boehner last week, and 48% of americans say they are to blame if no deal is reached. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people, and it's why congress has an 11% job approval rating. >> frank lund says americans are fed up with gridlock in washington. >> there is no compromise, and i think that's going to grow as a concern among the public as we move into 2013. >> even starbucks is urging both sides to compromise. its employees are now writing "come together" on coffee cups in all washington, d.c., area stores. now, if congress does not act, experts believe the economy will fall back into a mild recession, duarte, by mid-2013. >> it's a tough situation. tara mergener in washington. thanks. >> coming up on the "morning news," shark tank soaker caught on tape. the glass of an aquarium suddenly bursts, drenching spectators and sending fish flying. this is the "cbs morning news." one day george got an important letter. he's built a rocket ship to travel into space." google, how far is earth to the moon? the moon is 238,900 miles... "the great m
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 4:30am PST
with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: under senate rules the only way a bill could make its way through the procedure hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to slow the progress. the house will be back here sunday night giving them just more than 24 hours to vote on any bill the senate works out. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everybody's kind of in a wait-and-see and fingers crossed perspective right now. >> reporter: since 1930, this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >>> it is nearly 4:40 now. secretary of state hillary clinton plans to return
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
as the ndesident and speaker boehner tried but failed to come up with omeeal. and it's kind of fitting that they're swooping in now at the last minute. that's exactly what they did during the debt crisis last summer, and the legislation they came up with, jeff, contributed o the fiscal cliff that we're facing right now. >> glor: the president says this just keeps happening again and again. nancy cordes, thank you. income taxes won't be the only taxes going up if there's no agreement. estate taxes paid by those who inherit property will also jump. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: jeff page owns 120- cre vineyard in california's napa valley. but when his great-grandfather started farming here in the late 1800s, this was cattle country. >> both sides of the family came en before the turn of the century, and farmed orchard fruit and cattle. he reporter: but much of the land he grew up on is gone, sold to pay estate taxes after his grandfather's death. had land back in the hills over there? >> yeah. >> reporter: had to sell it all. >> had to sell all of it? i reporter: estate tax? >> yes. >> repo
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 5:30pm PST
: house majority leader john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell were at the capital today hoping to beat the deadline to the looming "fiscal cliff." behind closed doors, senate leaders are cobbling together a pared down agreement that at least protects the middle class from tax increases come january 1. the bill won't address the trillions in deficit reduction, sweeping reforms and federal spending, the u.s. tax code, or stop across-the-board spending cuts. in both parties' weekly addresses, it's clear a big sticking point remains. >> it's a balanced plan one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know what is the president proposing we do for the other 357 days of the year. >> reporter: both the house and the senate will be in session tomorrow. the senate is expected to take the lead and vote on the scaled- back bill then send it to the house. as many americans brace for the worst, patience
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 6:00pm PST
speaker boehner came to the capitol but left without comment. issue number one in the talks is amending the bush era tax cuts, which if unchanged will expire and raise taxes on all americans. starting tuesday, the average tax hike will be three to 5% per person. >> let's keep taxes exactly where they are on the first $250,000 of everybody's income. >> reporter: the president campaigned to increase taxes only on families making more than $250,000 per year. almost two weeks ago, the president offered a compromise to raise taxes only on income above 400,000, hoping that might win republican support. >> i have gone at least halfway. >> reporter: the senate is also negotiating an extension of unemployment benefits for some 2 million jobless americans, without a deal those checks will stop next week for this mother of five who has been searching for work since february. >> if congress does not extend the unemployment benefits, then i would be without a home and i really don't know what else we would do. >> reporter: the deal under discussion in the senate right now doesn't even include the bi
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 6:30pm PST
with a last-minute compromise. >> reporter: house majority leader john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell were in the capital building today hoping to beat the deadline to the luge "fiscal cliff." >> got to get a deal? >> hope so. >> reporter: behind closed doors, senate leaders are cobbling together a pared down agreement that at least protects the middle class from tax increases january 1. it won't address deficit resit, across-the-board spending cuts or other issues. in both party addresses, it's clear a big sticking point remains. >> it's a balanced plan one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest americans to pay more. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for 8 days. americans deserve to know what is the president proposing we do for the other 357 days of the year? >> reporter: both the house and the senate will be in session tomorrow. the senate is expected to take the lead and vote on the scaled back bill. then send it to the house. as many americans brace for the worst, patience is runnin
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Jan 1, 2013 4:00am PST
boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. and even though congress did not meet the midnight deadline, tax cuts will be retroactive if the bill is eventually signed into law. terrell? >> tara mergener in washington, thank you so much. the bill also extends unemployment benefits for 2 million people. it prevents a 27% cut in fees for doctors who treat medicare patients. but many americans will see a tax hike because the bill does not affect a scheduled 2% increase in the payroll tax. it also kicked the can down the road on automatic spending cuts for the defense department and domestic programs. they've been postponed for two months. as lee cowan reports, that uncertainty has many business owners worried. >> reporter: jo ann vinute is running the numbers. her payroll is due this week. although she at least now has a hint on what taxes to withhold from her dozen employees, that's only half her worry. unresolved spending cuts are the other. >> it's very uncertain and very unnerving and very -- causes a lot of anxiety and a lot of lack of sleep. >> reporter: she's the president o
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Jan 1, 2013 4:30am PST
. >> but with this congress that was a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not publicly endorsed the deal. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >> now, the house is set to reconvene today at 9 a.m. pacific time. a house vote is expected today or tomorrow. >>> what a night. no fog this year, perfectly clear last night for fireworks along the waterfront here in san francisco. it's beautiful out there. a lot of people showed up for the 15-minute display and jammed the streets near the bob barker. when it was all over, i think most of them are still out there, it was crowded getting into work today but there was some violence during the new year's celebration here in the city. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san francisco with the problems police had with the new year's crowd and has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. happy new year. san francisco police had their hands full because some celebrations did not go as planned. there were two separate shootings last night. now three people are recovering from gunshot wounds. the first one happened around 10
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Jan 1, 2013 5:00pm PST
evening. this isn't revolved yet. speaker john boehner gave them a choice to vote on the senate passed bill or amend it with more spending cuts and we are just getting word now from leadership aides that it's looking like they will vote on the senate's bill. how gop members left closed- door meetings with no agreement to pass the senate's "fiscal cliff" bill. the sticking point for many republicans, the senate version does not cut enough spending somewhat what we're really doing is raising taxes to give the president more money to spend. we think that's a bad idea. >> reporter: republican majority leader eric cantor told supporters he did not support the bill in its current form. do you personally oppose the bill? >> i do not support the bill. >> reporter: the senate agreement postpones harsh across-the-board spending cuts for a few months. it also makes bush-era tax cuts permanent for individuals making under $400,000 a year and families making under $450,000 a year. the white house sent vice president joe biden here to capitol hill to try to broker a deal with the house just like he
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Jan 1, 2013 5:30pm PST
they acknowledge is risky. house speaker john boehner met with house republicans for an hour and a half today. he didn't share his opinion of the bill, but many other did.licans, like alabama's ledncer bacchus, did. cuttingenate bill failed miserably in cutting spending. >> reporter: michael conaway of texas. ta i'm unwilling to gag down a deal that is unacceptable. >> reporter: even the number two house republican, virginia's eric cantor, said he could not fopport the bill in its current form, despite the fact that it passed the senate at 2:00 this morn morning with huge bipartisan support. >> >> the yeas are 89, the nays are eight. mi reporter: the bill is the product of the intense last- minute negotiations between senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden. it contains no major cuts, partly because the speaker and vicepulled out of talks with the president last month over a akand bargain that would have cut nearly a trillion dollars in th over . we asked louisiana republican john fleming about that. this bill makes a lot of tax cuts that republicans like permanent.
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Jan 2, 2013 4:00am PST
. the deal die provided the leadership in the house. speaker john wayner bane speaker john boehner and former gop leader paul ryan voted yes but house majority leader eric cantor who led a brief last-minute charge against the deal and kevin mccarthy voted no. earlier i had a chance to visit to politico's congressional reporter. we talked about how the bill got through the house and the political ramifications of sealing the deal. hughes republicans were earlier considering a deal with more spending cuts. it was different than what the senate had passed. what ended up happening? why did republicans change their minds? >> basically they knew if they tried to make any changes that the senate had already sent over to them, it would greatly prevent them getting it done before congress was sworn in at noon. harry reid, the senate majority leerksd said it's going to be very, very tough. a lot of them were tired. the senators were already home and they were waiting for the house to just sign off on it. so any changes, especially major changes, would have, could have really, really scuttled this thing
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00am PST
and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include short-term spending cuts instead of the massive cuts that would occur if there is no deal. it would also patch up the alternative minimum tax that will hit even more middle class families and schedule a drop off for doctors. >> if republicans do give in and support the deal being put together by harry reid that deal is expected to be far less favorable than the potential deal they had been working on with president obama. >> republican strategist, frank luntz has been talking with voters, what is the chance you see this becomes the new compromise? >> i'm not sure if hooert side is watching very closely. we did a survey and we got two interesting questions. one that's very tough on republicans. we a
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: house members will return to capitol hill on sunday and could begin voting that night. they would have about 24 hours to approve a deal. adding to the urgency, treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the nation's
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Dec 27, 2012 5:00am PST
: house republicans scuttled the proposal from speaker john boehner last week and 48% of americans say they are to blame if no deal is reached. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people and it's why congress has 11% job approval rating. >> reporter: republican pollster frank lund says americans are fed up with gridlock in washington. >> there is no compromise and i think that's going to grow as a concern among the public into 2013. >> reporter: even starbucks is urging both sides to compromise. its employees are writing "come together" on coffee cups in d.c. tara mergener cbs 5. >>> a majority of americans are satisfied with the job the obama administration is doing right now. that's the finding of a cnn poll. 52% approve the president's jo performance. 54% feel vice president joe biden is handling his job well. first lady michelle obama has the highest approval rating at 73%. >>> 5:09. coming up, this school gets our approval rating. ♪ [ music ] they are pretty good there. how they're teaching students with special needs how to find power in music. >> plus, a big ro
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
but then when boehner couldn't get the votes for plan b i thought oh, my god, we're in trouble. >> do your job. >> we'll see what happens. >> melissa, thank you so much. >>> remember, you can find more of melissa's segments on cbssf.com/mornings. >>> time for a look at what's coming up later on "cbs this morning." norah o'donnell joins us now live in new york with the license on the big show. good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you, frank and michelle. we're talking about secretary of state hillary clinton. she has been hospitalized after doctors found a blood clot so we're going to talk to dr. john lapook about just how serious this may be. also, we're following the last- minute negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff." that's required. is there going to be a deal today? we're all waiting and plus we'll take a look back at the biggest news stories:2012. we'll see you at 7: 00. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, too. thank you so much. >>> well, the last session of the year is under way on wall street. the dow has gained about 700 points in the last 12 months. ashley morriso
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Jan 1, 2013 6:00pm PST
. they won't get it tonight. house speaker john boehner gave them two options, amend the bill with more spending cuts or vote on it as is. they went around today to see if they had the 218 votes they would need to amend it with more spending cuts. it appears they did not find enough support to do that. so that's why they are bringing it to a vote -- that's why they're bringing it to a vote as it is now. >> that's critical. it sounds like it's all over but the voting. >> reporter: it's all about the voting and tonight, i suspect there will be a lot of house republicans that won't be in support of this. house minority leader nancy pelosi, she says that house democrats are behind this. so they don't need all the republicans to agree on this. but again, when this is all over, they will be upset. and we may see another showdown like this coming up. they have to decide what to do with those automatic spending cuts if this bill passes. that's only delayed for two months and we have to deal with the debt limit again. this is far from over. there will be a lot of unhappy people tonight and in th
CBS
Jan 2, 2013 6:00am PST
, especially ones from new york, are furious! with house speaker john boehner. but a spokesman for the house speaker has said he is committed to getting that bill passed later this month. in the meantime, that's causing heated talk here on capitol hill. >> i'm sure as they have run out of time. tara mergener live in washington, thank you. >>> well, the u.s. stock markets just opened minutes ago after most major overseas markets enjoyed positive days if the response to the house passage of the fiscal bill. our dow was up about 221 points, 13,325. we'll have the latest on this with ashley morrison and more from the rest of the business world coming up in 10 minutes. >>> our other big story the weather. it's been chilly here in the bay area. so we sent cbs 5 reporter anne makovec out in it. she is feeling the freeze in san rafael. good morning, anne. >> reporter: it is very chilly. now, i did just check with our weather producer, and he said it is 34 right now in san rafael. but the bank here behind me says that it is 28 degrees if that will pop up again so p.m. line very chilly. definitely is
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am PST
household income over $250,000 a year. republicans have come way down from speaker boehner's insistence that that limit be set at a million dollars. and so if there's a deal today, and that's a big "if," you can expect it would be set around $400,000, $500,000, $600,000 a sopyea cerr, staino certainly 90%, 95% of americans would be keeping their tax cut. one of the biggest sticking points for the republicans right now appears that this deal doesn't include significant spending cuts. in fact, it contains a lot of new spending and so that is one major issue that's going to have to be to birone ired oonedut. out. and if they don't get an agreement today by the deadline, the big question, norah, is do the two sides continue to work together, go over the cliff, but continue talks and perhaps come to an agreement sometime in the next few days, or do democrats give up on those talks, introduce their own bill here in the senate, and hope that it passes? we'll wait and see. see. >> nancy cordes, thanks, nancy. >>> there are new health issues this morning for secretary of
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